Harness the Power of Thanks

If you’re grateful but don’t take the time tell anyone, does it count? Maybe, but it’s a bit like clapping with one hand. You know you’re doing it, but does anyone else? Probably not. When shown appropriately, gratitude has tremendous power. At a minimum, it will keep you from appearing like an ... Read & React

Even Presidential Candidates Need Sleep

A good night's sleep will make anyone feel great.
by Michael S. Jaffee Vice chair, Department of Neurology, University of Florida

The demands of being a presidential candidate take a toll on sleep. And the demands are not likely to lessen for whomever is elected. President Obama says he schedules six hours of sleep a night but that is not always possible, and Bill Clinton reported getting five to six hours. How much sleep is ... Read & React

Five Strategies for Leading a High-Impact Team

by Dylan Walsh

Nobody sets out to lead an ineffective team. In fact, leaders agonize over fostering teams that work well together and deliver smart solutions time and time again—the kind of teams that, in Leigh Thompson’s words, “go through the various storms, the successes, the failures, and keep coming out ... Read & React

How Do You Do a Start-Up in the Government?

Government periodically creates new agencies to address particular issues of national concern. These can take a variety of forms, including entire new departments (such as the Department of Homeland Security), independent oversight organizations (such as the Directorate of National Intelligence), ... Read & React

Living in a Chaotic World: How to Keep Anxiety at Bay

by David Chesire Associate Professor, University of Florida

Ella Fitzgerald sang that “into each life some rain must fall,” but it has felt like torrents of grief have fallen upon us in recent months. We all experience hardships and stress, and we are all very well-acquainted with that pit that forms in our stomach when nervousness takes hold. Many of us ... Read & React

Why You Should Squash the Urge to Quash Those Who Disagree

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

In recent months I've had to de-friend a number of people on Facebook. I enjoy hearing diverse views but it has degenerated to this: "Well I know where you get your news." "The fact that you could even say that means you aren't worth debating." "You need help." "That comment is beneath you." ... Read & React

How to Hire for Problem-Solving

This post is part four in a continuing series on how to hire extraordinary people using the performance-based hiring and interviewing process I advocate. Following is the Lydna.com version of the program and a quick summary of the process.  Here's a quick summary of performance-based Interviewing:  ... Read & React

Politicians and Security Clearances

Think your vote doesn’t matter? In addition to exercising your civic responsibility, you’re also carrying out a security responsibility, as well. Members of Congress don’t go through the same background investigation process as you or me. The process of election is considered a public seal of ... Read & React

Have Candid Conversations Before Bad Things Happen

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

A 2015 survey of federal employees found that 39 percent fear reprisals if they report violations of rules or laws. This has serious implications for their willingness to identify and report serious programmatic risks in their day-to-day jobs, and the tendency is to avoid or ignore risks. New ... Read & React

How to Hire for Team Skills

So far in this “How to Hire for . . .” series, we’ve covered how to hire for motivation and how to hire for a cultural fit. The question below on assessing team skills is the most important interview question of all time. You'll agree once you try it. First, some background is in order as you ... Read & React

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